Who started the garter toss anyway?
Many couples today opt not to have the garter toss for several reasons, mainly because the bride does not want the groom to go up her dress in front of family and friends. This is a tradition that has been around for centuries and originated in Europe.
Before the garter tradition, the guests would chase the bride and rip her dress….it was believed to be good luck to get a piece of the bride’s dress. Instead of allowing guests to rip their dress, brides began to toss a piece of their clothing (the garter) to the guests as time went by this became the tradition for the men. Although the meaning of the toss has changed from good luck to ‘you’re next to get married’ this tradition is still practiced. As many have witnessed, some single men choose not to participate for various reasons….. some consider it unlucky.
The garter toss is optional and should be discussed by the couple beforehand. Make your decisions together and keep in mind whether you are having a formal or informal reception. Will the groom retrieve the garter with his hands or mouth, sit down and talk about this together…this way there are no surprises during the reception.
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